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Apr 2, 2013 7:00pm PDT
running problem. they're in tokyo to discuss the best way to deal with severe air pollution. efforts are under way to tighten domestic environmental regulations. the laws are relaxed compared to those in industrialized countries. the japan cooperational agency is hosting a visit from china's people's congress and environmental protection. the officials are learning about strict environmental controls based on the japanese model. one official said the challenge is to promote environmental growth and environmental protection at the same time. >> translator: i hope i will be able to learn from japanese knowledge about environmental protection at this program. >> participants will learn about the legal accountability of central and municipal governments. they'll also study the penalties imposed on businesses that discharge pollutants. they'll visit factories with advanced environmental technology and meet with ng o's working to protect the environment. >>> investors are drumming their fingers wondering what the bank of japan will come up with next. members of the central bank want to jum
Apr 17, 2013 6:00am PDT
on her decades of political experience more than ever. nhk world, tokyo. >>> terrorists have staged a series of attacks targeting political parties in pakistan. candidates are campaigning ahead of general elections scheduled for may. citizens are are growing concerned due to slow progress and improving security conditions in the country. we have a report from islamabad. >> reporter: the elections are held on tuesday evening. a man brought explosives and detonated them at the event in the northwestern city of peshawar. >> translator: we were nearby when the blast hit. we rushed over to find body parts lying on the ground and the driver trapped in a burning vehicle. many people were injured. political officials helped us attend to the dead and injured. >> reporter: the blast killed at least 17 people including three children and a reporter who was covering the event. 78 people were injured. among the wounded was ahmed below, pakistan's former minister and a senior member of the anp. the anp strongly opposes islamic fundamentalists groups. the pakistani tal da taliban, t nation's bigge
Apr 22, 2013 6:00am PDT
canceled a trip to tokyo. his aides said he was upset that japanese government leaders visited a shrine seen as a symbol of japan's past militarism. >>> and the woman known as the girl in the picture comes to tokyo to tell her story. she uses her experience in the vietnam war in her campaign for peace. >>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." u.s. and south korean troops have been carrying out exercises after exercise since the beginning of last month to prepare for any future conflict. the annual drills have angered north korea. now the media are getting an inside look at the operation which is called "full eagle." the troops showed part of an exercise to journalists in the southeastern city of qohang. about 2,000 personnel unloaded military supplies for ground combat troops from ships anchored nearby. they're preparing for the possibility that an enemy attack would destroy ports. the u.s. and south korea plan to continue to do the annual drills until the end of this month. north korean leaders said last week they would agree to dialogue with the countries if they suspended the drills. sou
Apr 16, 2013 6:00am PDT
i.t. firms organized an event under the theme innovation in tokyo on tuesday. their aim is to foster venture businesses in the country. the group invited leading i.t. professionals from abroad who have started their own companies or managed start-ups. the co-founder of smartphone operating system android shared a story. andy rubin said the software was originally designed for digital cameras, but a sluggish camera market forced the firm to switch plans and target smartphones instead. >> you have to be flexible in your business, and you have to understand, if your plan isn't going to work, you have to change. so you have to be able to make decisions very quickly, and you have to be able to be willing to change direction instantly to avoid being blocked. >> meanwhile, twitter co-founder jack dorsey suggested that entrepreneurs start businesses as a means to let the world know what they find interesting. he urged them to be confident and perseverant. >> translator: as an entrepreneur, i realize that the word "agility" is important. speed and developing quickly globally is very crucial.
Apr 11, 2013 7:00pm PDT
'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. north korean leaders seem to make daily threats and leaving them to wonder what's next. they say kim jung-un is showing off. he is using belligerent language to show them he's in control of his country. james clapper said he have thinks the north korean will use that language for a long time. cia director was summoned to speak to the committee. he said intelligence analysts have found it difficult to jung kim's action because he's not been in power very long. u.s. secretary of state john kerry is headed to the region to lend his weight to diplomatic efforts. he wants to convince chinese leaders to use his leverage. kerry wants to encourage them to take advantage of their influence. on sunday kerry will move onto tokyo. he'll meet with japanese foreign minister. >>> foreign ministers from the group of eight nations have line ed up against north korea. they condemned the strongest terms of the the missile program. >> we made clear in the text that ministers supported the commitment to strengthen the courage regime and take significant missions in a further lau
Apr 5, 2013 7:00pm PDT
>>> hello and welcome to nhk "newsline." i'm ross mihara in tokyo with the stories after this hour. >>> engineers working on the cleanup at the power plant hit another snag. radioactive water may have seeped out of a storage pond. a spokesperson for tokyo electric power company said engineers detected water on the pond outside of a waterproof sheet. the level of radioactivity is low. he said engineers will investigate what caused the problem and he said they plan to transfer the water to another pond. engineers dug the ponds to store ground would the water that floods into the reactor building and gets contaminated. they have to filter and store hundreds of tons every day. they reported a string of other problems, the cooling system for a fuel pool failed on friday. it was off line for three hours. and a power failure last month caused a blackout that lastedñ v transported poultry and a woman with no fixed occupation. one of the 31 people who recently had contact with her has a fever and is being treated in an isolated hospital unit. officials with the agriculture ministry say in
Apr 9, 2013 7:00pm PDT
at the defense ministry in tokyo. other units deployed the same defenses at other bases. >>> meanwhile, inside north korea, they're acting as if it's business as usual. organizers will go on with an annual marathon despite the tensions. the state run news agency reported sports tournaments will be held to mark the birth of the nation's late founder, kim il sung and residents are expected to run through the streets saturday. some say an international sports event seems inconsistent with recent warnings and officials have warned diplomats to leave the country for their own safety. >>> a powerful earthquake has killed more than 30 people in southern iran. the u.s. geological survey says a magnitude 6 quake hit and at least 37 people died and 850 were injured. their towns and villages are about 20 kilometers from the epicenter. iran's only nuclear power plant is located in the province under the supervision of the international atomic agency. the epicenter is more than 100 kilometers away. he said the plant is designed to withstand strong earthquakes. >>> investors have been enjoy ing a buoyant ti
Apr 15, 2013 7:00pm PDT
fell 78 points. 3,216. for more on how stocks here are trading let's go to ramin. he's at the tokyo stock exchange. tokyo traders waking up to some unfortunate news this morning. how is the markets over there looking? >> a lot of focus on the explosions in boston and u.s. markets did take a tumbles. concerns about the global economic outlook as well. let's go straight to the opening levels for tokyo for the nikkei and the topix for april 16th, this tuesday. both indexes in the negative following on from the u.s. markets. 13,054 for the nikkei. topix down just under 2%. we saw a sharp decline on monday following the worst than expected gdp data out of china. it's caused investors to shift funds back into what they consider safer assets. one of them being the yen. we have seen some fluctuations in the u.s. financial markets keeping a very close eye on gold. the price of gold had its biggest one day drop falling around 9%. you can see the graph there and the figures coming up to a two year low on monday. that's due to fears over the sale of the precious metal by central bank. also inte
Apr 23, 2013 7:00pm PDT
in tokyo. operation >>> rescuers in china are still searching for people trapped under the debris from the earthquake that sichuan. the trerm killed 193 -- the tremor killed over 93 people and injured over 1,000. nhk has more from the city near the epicenter. >> reporter: soldiers and police are still looking for survivors, the crucial first 72 hours has ed passed. chances of survival are said to drop rapidly after that. landslides caused by the tremor and aftershocks have blocked roads. workers are trying to clear roads to affected areas blocked by landslides. rain has been falling. this raises the risk of further landslides and other secondary disasters. the people that manage to escape are struggling. some 400,000 people lost their homes. they are trying to do what they can to survive in shelters. this village was hit hard by the quake. it lies 10 kilometers from the epicenter. over 90% of the houses were damaged. residents responded by building huts from bamboo and straw. about 20 people are sheltering in one. but the rain leaks in. >> translator: there's not enough space for every
Apr 10, 2013 6:00am PDT
commanders have deployed interceptor missiles at several bases, including the defense ministry in tokyo. they've also dispatched to the sea of japan two aegis destroyers carrying sm-3 interceptor missiles. if the north koreans do fire any missiles, japanese government officials will tell authorities around the country to alert residents. u.s. officials appear to be taking no chances. north korea has also said it will attack u.s. interests. the head of the u.s. pacific command says the north's pursuit of nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles is a clear threat to his country and its allies. >> do we have the capability to intercept a missile if the north koreans launch within the next several days? >> we do. if the missile was in defense of the homeland, i would certainly recommend that action. and if it was defense of our allies, i would recommend that action. >> reporter: lochlear adds the north's young leader, kim jong-un, has a different approach from his predecessors, his father, kim jong-il, and his grandfather, kim il-sung. they at least made sure they had an exit strategy. b
Apr 3, 2013 7:00pm PDT
. the dow jones closed at 14,550. for more on how stocks are trading here in tokyo let's go to ramin. he's at the tokyo stock exchange. investors are focusing more on the boj in the u.s. how are stocks trading? >> markets focused on the bank of japan policy meeting later today. markets have literally been buying into the aggressive talk of boosting growth here in japan, achieving the 2% inflation goal set by prime minister abe. today we're going to see what exact measures the central bank may take. let's have a look at the opening levels for april 4th here in tokyo. both indexes trading lower. the nikkei down by 2% and the topix down by 1.6%. in addition to the jobs numbers that you're talking about we also saw a decline in nonmanufacturing ism data. to say we have had a volatile week ahead of the boj meeting would be an understatement. the nikkei had seen a 579-point swing between the low and high this week. that's a big move. the markets seem to be placing bets on whether the bank of japan will disappoint or surprise the markets. >> a lot seems to have been priced in it. also the adp p
Apr 24, 2013 7:00pm PDT
. they met in tokyo on wednesday. he asked to make sure japan will negotiate all items including rice and other agriculture products. japan hopes to exclude such items from tariff band. new zealand aims to expand parts of cheese, dairy and other products to japan. the main u.s. talk index fell for the first trading day out of week four. that's the economic data and mixed earnings results weighed on sentiment. for more on how stocks here in japan are trading this more than let's go to ramin at the tokyo stock exchange. >> a little bit of deflation going on among investors because earnings have been up and down with earn x expectations either not being in line and also forecasts coming up a little bit short as well. key data that we've had in the u.s. also pointing to slower growth. we just had the durable goods orders in the u.s. which fell 5.7% in march. let's see how all of that is translating into the opening levels for thursday april 25th here in tokyo. both indexes in the positive. 1, x. as the data fell short that meant the dollar also fell after yet again coming closer to that y
Apr 26, 2013 7:00pm PDT
>>> hello. welcome back to nhk world "newsline." i'm raja pradhan with the news from tokyo. >>> the south korean unification minister has advised he's telling business people in an industrial complex to leave the com flex in north korea. it is near the demilitarized zone, but it's been effectively closed since earlier this month and north korea is refusing to talk about reopening it. >> translator: our nationals remaining in the kaesong industrial zone are experiencing greater difficulties due to the north's unjust actions. so the government has come to the unavoidable decision to bring back all remaining personnel in order to protect them. >> north korea stopped allowing south korean workers to enter the complex on april 3rd. nearly 180 of them stayed behind in the facility to maintain their facilities. and on april 9th, authorities in pyongyang pulled out the more than 50,000 north koreans who work at kaesong for south korean firms. the unification ministry proposed holding talks on resuming operations, but north korean leaders refused. >> the north korean government stat
Apr 9, 2013 5:30pm PDT
in tokyo. residents of seoul are going about their business. they're heading to work, doing the things they do most days. they're carrying on in the face of threats from the north. as south korean spokes person says the north korean military could launch a missile at any time. south korean nave a commanders aren't taking any chances. they've deployed a second military vessel. it's equipped with an advanced tracking system. they sent another vessel to the yellow sea. they say they're ready for whatever might come. last week north korea nl forces move add midrange ballistic missile to the coast. the defense minister has ordered the sdf to destroy any debris that might fall on japanese territory. so they've deployed two interceptor missile launchers. others have deployed the same defenses at other bases. >>> the foreign ministers of other countries are asking north korea to refrain from exercises. the members gathered at the hague. >> translator: we should work with the rest of the international community to send a strong message to north korea that it won't benefit from provocations. >>
Apr 12, 2013 6:00am PDT
into the night in front of this tokyo book store. they wanted to be there at midnight when shopkeepers took the wraps off murakami's latest title. >> translator: we've been waiting for quite a while, so it's exciting. i'm surprised to see such a long line. >> translator: i'm going to catch a cab and go home. i've taken tomorrow off and i think i'll read until morning. >> reporter: the new novel is titled "colorless tsukuru tazaki and his years of pilgrimage." the publisher kept mum about the book before its release but that didn't deter murakami's biggest followers. the story is about a man psychologically scarred by the sudden loss of friendships and how he faces up to his past. the long delay since the appearance of murakami's last work has created a huge buzz among his fans, so the publisher is planning to produce an unusually large initial round of 500,000 books. struggling book publishers and retailers hope the new book will give their sales a bounce. >> translator: i'm grateful to him. i think that publishers and retailers around the country feel the same way as i do. >> reporter: mur
Apr 24, 2013 6:00am PDT
over the weekend. the shrine in tokyo honors japan's war dead, including some convicted of war crimes. the visits triggered protests from chinese and south korean officials. speaking in the diet abe questioned the timing of those countries' complaints. he said china did not object to japanese leaders' visits to yasukuni when those convicted of war crimes were enshrined there in 1978. he said the protests began only later. he added south korean officials began to strongly oeb only during president yong's admission in the mid 2000s. >> translator: it is natural for us to pay our respects to the people who sacrificed their precious lives for the state. it is also only natural for the ministers in my government to act freely without giving in to any threat. >> abe said his responsibilities include defending japan's interests and the nation's pride based on history and tradition. he said it's wrong to think that if japan makes concessions on these matters it will help improve diplomatic relations. >>> a senior u.s. official has urged japan and china to act calmly and constructively concern
Apr 25, 2013 7:00pm PDT
kobayashi in tokyo chemical weapons in syria >>> u.s. president obama is reacting to pressure to react to a new development in the syrian war. it's likely syrian forces have used chemical weapons. >> the u.s. intelligence community assesses in some degree that the syrian regime has used chemical weapons on a small scale in the region, specifically, sarin. >> there's no confirmation about how and when chemicals were used or how many people were hurt and killed. the u.s. government is pressing for a full investigation by the united nations. president obama may face pressure to intervene if a red line has been crossed. >>> u.n. peacekeeping troops are to join the french army in mali, west africa. they've united to support the state against rebels. they passed a resolution contempt being human rights violations. insurgents still control mountainous areas in is south providing a challenge for the new u.n. force. >>> soldiers assembled in front of the palace. his late father lies inside the building. he beefed up the army considerably during his reign. >> translator: we hearby celebrate the
Apr 12, 2013 7:00pm PDT
america's ties with tokyo and seoul, its two major allies in the region. anthony yazaki, nhk world, seoul. >>> a pentagon spy group determined that the stakes may be rising on the korean peninsula. members of the defense intelligence agency concluded that north korea likely has the ability to launch nuclear-armed missiles. a republican representative from colorado revealed the finding during a hearing in congress. >> dia assesses, with moderate confidence, the north currently has nuclear weapons capable of delivery by ballistic missiles. however, the reliability will be low. >> intelligence analysts say a missile test may be imminent, but spokespersons for the defense department say it would would be inaccurate to suggest the north koreans have fully developed their nuclear capabilities. the director of national intelligence downplayed the tensions. james clapper spoke before the intelligence committee in house of representatives and urged chinese leaders to use their influence with their leaders in pyongyang. >> if anyone has real leverage over the north koreans, it is china. >> the dire
Apr 29, 2013 7:00pm PDT
in tokyo are trading let's go to ramin at the tokyo stock exchange. good morning there. monday was a public holiday here so we're playing catch up. we've had some key data this morning. >> yes, some key data you mentioned. a lot of data out this morning. let me touch on industrial production. that's the fourth straight month of gains for industrial production or output. we'll see how that plays into the market. let's have a look at the opening levels for this last trading day of the month, tuesday april 30th. a bit of a mixed opening. the topix up in the positive up almost .5 of a percent. it was the best performing indexes in this region despite a bit of a pull back we saw in the dollar after investors had really been expecting that break above the key yen level. with earnings in full swing in japan and some economic data in the u.s. china and europe pointing to slowing growth, it has led to some investors just questioning global economic conditions for now. we're seeing some of those concerns reflected in the weaker dollar and the euro. >> where are we on currencies this tuesday morning?
Apr 2, 2013 6:00am PDT
. >>> and a theater for the traditional art of kabuki has reopened in tokyo. actors hope it will draw a new generation of fans. >>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." north korean leaders are pushing ahead with plans that could help them build up their nuclear weapons arsenal. the state-run korean central news agency says scientists in the reclusive nation will restart a reactor that can be used to produce plutonium. the unit is located in yongbyon north of the capital pyongyang. the reactor generates electricity and operators can use the spent fuel to make plutonium. north korean scientists have used plutonium in experiments, and analysts believe they have built several nuclear weapons with it. authorities shut down the reactor in 2007 and destroyed part of its infrastructure. that followed an agreement with members of the six-party talks. the group comprises the two koreas, the u.s., china, japan, and russia. north korean officials say their decision to restart all nuclear-related facilities in yongbyon is part of efforts to deal with an electricity shortage. they add it's in line with leader kim jong
Apr 9, 2013 6:00am PDT
-defense force has deployed interceptor missiles at its headquarters in tokyo. the move follows an order by the government to destroy falling debris. the self-defense forces has stationed three surface-to-air missile launchers at the ministry's complex. it has also deployed the units at its other bases. ministry officials would not disclose details of the planning for security reasons. the maritime self-defense force has dispatched two aegis destroyers to the sea of japan. the ships are equipped with an advanced radar system that can track missiles. they also carry sm-3 interceptor missiles. >>> operations have come to a standstill at a facility. once regarded as a symbol of cooperation between south korea and north korea. north korean officials warn that they would pull all staff from esong industrial complex. it appears they are true to their word. more than 50,000 people have not turned up for work. the industrial park began operations nine years ago. this is the first time it's been shut down. last week the north koreans began refusing entry to workers from the south. now employees f
Apr 10, 2013 5:30pm PDT
>>> hello there. welcome to "newsline." it's thursday, april 11th. i'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. >>> south koreans have woken up to another round of threats and believe a missile could be launched by north korea any time. north korean forces had been set to launch a missile on thursday and now they may launch shorter range missiles at the same time or one after another. >> translator: it will end with just a threat. i'm not very worried. >> translator: north koreans are just like us. i feel sorry for them. their leaders should look at reality. >> government officials say north korea could fire east to the sieve japan or south towards the pacific ocean. commanders have deployed deployers with the aegis air defense system to the sea of japan and to the yellow sea. >> translator: we've asked the u.s., china and russia to use all possible channels to urge north korea to stop its provocations. >> u.s. defense secretary chuck hagel says the actions of the north korean leadership are unpredictable. he says u.s. forces are ready for whatever happens. >> our country is ready with whateve
Apr 14, 2013 5:30pm PDT
kobayashi in tokyo. north koreans are celebrating the nation's biggest holiday. it would have been the birthday of the country's founder kim il sung. organizers plan various events in the capitol, pyongyang. at one of them, leaders repeated their threats against the united states and it's allies. >> translator: north korea is developing nuclear weapons in both quality and quantity. we will mercilessly punish the united states and it's lies. >> north korean leaders have threatened to attack targets in the u.s., south korea and japan. security analysts believe their forces have completed preparations for the launches of an immediate range and short range ballistic missiles. top diplomats say the work with chinese leaders to try to rein in the north koreans. >>> john kerry made his first visit to japan as secretary of state. >> translator: we agreed that north korea should stop its provocative actions immediately and that we will show a firm stance on the denuclearization of the korean peninsula. we will never allow north korea to possess nuclear arms. >> we, japan, the united states
Apr 16, 2013 7:30am EDT
world, tokyo. >>> the bombings in boston have raised fears as far away as london. authorities in the former olympic host city are reviewing security for a marathon to be held there this weekend. >>> more than 20 people aboard a u.s. military helicopter survived a crash in south korea following a training mission. the transport aircraft went down and then caught fire near the demilitarized zone that divides north and south korea. the crash happened in the northern part of the country. all 21 people on board made it out alive. six of them were lightly wounded and had to be treated in hospital. u.s. military representatives say it was likely an accident. they're working with south korean authorities to try to determine exactly what happened. the helicopter was based in okinawa, japan. now, the crash occurred amid heightened tension on the korean peninsula. north korean military leaders have issued a new warning to their neighbors. they're threatening to attack south korea in response to what they describe as provocative acts. military commanders were reacting to a rally on monday
Apr 4, 2013 9:00pm PDT
was happening in fukushima. but for now, the executives at tepco headquarters in tokyo were in charge of tackling the nuclear emergency. two hours had passed since the tsunami. the coastline was devastated. around 20,000 people were dead or missing. norio kimura, a farmer from fukushima, lived just two miles from the nuclear plant. he'd been out working when the waves struck. now he was searching for his family. survivors were gathering at the local sports center, unaware of the unfolding nuclear crisis. >> (translated): many people had gathered. i was told three of my family were missing. i felt cold, like my blood was being drained. >> narrator: norio's father was missing. so was his wife, and his youngest daughter, yuna. >> (translated): i just couldn't accept that the tsunami might have killed them. i started searching in the rubble-- not just around my house, but the whole village. >> narrator: as night fell, the japanese government ordered an evacuation of everyone within two miles of fukushima dai-ichi. but norio and the others ignored the order and kept searching for their fam
Apr 4, 2013 7:00pm PDT
by the boj. the dow jones closed at 14,606 up. let's go to ramin at the tokyo stock exchange. the boj took out all the stops yesterday. we saw a positive reaction in the markets. are we seeing that momentum continue this friday morning? >> what a reaction indeed and debut for bank of japan chief. he announced pressures that not only met market players expectations but in some cases exceeded them. let's have a look at the opening levels for today. we can really see a strong positive reaction. 13,1 13,171. topix up 4%. that's the first time we're above 13,000 since august 29, 2008. the boj has not done enough in its main mission. that was then. let me just remind viewers about the shift in the markets yesterday that before the boj announcement went through we saw a 559 point swing from the low of yesterday to the end of the high of yesterday's session on thursday. now let's have a shift to currencies as well. dollar/yen 96.48 to 50. thursday traders really originally betting the yen had weakened enough leading up to that meeting but the actions of the bank of japan proved them different. let
Apr 10, 2013 7:00pm PDT
to continue to work closely with its allies in seoul and tokyo to make sure we have a unified voice there. i don't think there's any clear open channels to north korea for a new negotiating track or some type of silver bullet that will change us because this really has much more to do with the leadership transition in north korea than anything in terms of our relationship with them directly. >>> authorities in south korea say they have proof of who carried out cyber attacks. it points to north korean spy agency. the attacked on march 20th wiped the hard drives of nearly 50,000 computers at three tv stations and three major banks. the websites of one of the tv stations were shot down. the officials say hackers in north korea have accessed some of the firms servers nearly 1600 times since last june and uplated malicious codes. almost half of 76 malicious codes confirmed in the march attacked were the same used in past hacking attacks by the north. >>> five more people have been found infected with the virus. nine people have died. authorities say two women in shanghai and a man are among the l
Apr 22, 2013 7:00pm PDT
for the topix. investors in tokyo should be look out for shares in the tech sector after caterpillar rose 3%. executives at the firm said that demand would pick up in china as well as emerging markets. housing data in the u.s. also weighed down touch on the dollar and that's after existing home sales fell in march. that also put a halt to any further advances in the dollar yen up to that elusive 100 yen level that everyone has been looking out for. >> haven't seen that level yet. maybe investors waiting for further data or words from the upcoming boj meeting this week. >> exactly. fundamental news and central bank news may be one focus through and the central bank of japan meets this friday. no one is expecting any further measures from what it took earlier this month. after a look at the dollar/yen at 99.19 to 21. euro/yen 129.55 to 60. people really betting the yen is going to weaken further because the measures by the bank of japan to keep rates low in japan means that major japanese constitutions such as nipon life insurance means they have to search for earnings and that means shipping
Mar 31, 2013 5:30pm PDT
>>> welcome to "newsline." it's monday, april 1st. i'm kathryn kobyashi in tokyo. north korean officials have issued a pointed warns about their nuclear program. they released the statement after kim jong un presided over a meeting of the worker's party. they called for building a stronger economy and nuclear arsenal. state untv reported on kim's speech at a meeting. central committee of the worker's party, a top decision making body. members met for the first time in two and a half years. kim said his country is on the eve of war. he accused the united states of trying to topple his regime and dismantle north korea's nuclear stockpile. and he criticized u.s. forces for joint exercises with the south's military. security analysts say what the north korean are doing is testing technology for ballistic missiles. he also promised to build water reactors. kim says they need to focus more on agriculture and industry. north korea will hold the supreme people's assembly. dell gats from around the country will meet on monday to adopt decisions on the national budget, new legislation an
Apr 3, 2013 6:00am PDT
world, tokyo. >>> skies have cleared up in tokyo but there's ongoing heavy rain in china. rachle ferguson has the forecast. rachel. >> hi there, gene. yes, it has cleared up here in tokyo. in fact the sunshine just before sunset was really beautiful, and it signals maybe what we're going to be getting tomorrow, which is lots of sunshine, and some warmer temperatures, as well. thursday and friday set to be really beautiful across most of the country. this high pressure is just on its way moving in, while the spring storm continues its way east. however, not all areas in the region are going to be having such luck. look down here to the southeast of china. more heavy rain on the cards here. you're not going to get a break until saturday. in that time quite a wide area could see up to 120 millimeters of rain. that's what our model is showing here but in places such as guangdong, it is possible you could see more likely around 250 millimeters of rain. bad news because these are places that have been hit hardest so already significant flooding has occurred. we will see a continued ris
Apr 8, 2013 6:00am PDT
in singapore was held in tokyo. representatives from around 70 japanese companies took part. wong attended the event to build face-to-face connections with japanese representatives. he emphasized some of the advantages of going public in singapore over japan. such as tax benefits, and short times. >> there is no sales tax in singapore. from the time they applied until they time they got approval, 3 1/2 weeks. >> reporter: singapore is now making an all-out effort to attract small and medium sized companies in japan. government officials are busy developing strategies to reach out to potential partners. >> so what i need you to do is start the search for the sectors that we are interested in, reach out to midsize companies. >> we want -- the sectors but before we go to the electronic sector. >> reporter: the efforts are starting to pay off. some venture companies in japan are considering the move. this man has one such firm. two years ago, he launched a service that connects english language learners in japan with instructors in the philippines. the online lessons are popular, and the compa
Apr 11, 2013 5:30pm PDT
'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. foreign ministers from the group of eight nations have lined up against north korea. they condemned in the strongest possible terms, north korea's ballistic miss ill programs. >> we take clear that ministers supported the skmitment to strengthen the current sanctions regime and take further significant measures in the event of a further launch or nuke cheer test. >> the minlsteres criticized what they called north korea's aggressive rhetoric. hague said it will further isolate the country. he urged delegates to return to the talks on their program. john kerry has gone to lend his weight to diplomatic efforts. kerry begins his tour in seoul. he'll meet with south korean foreign minister. they're expected to discuss how to respond to any further provocations. kerry has said u.s. forces stand ready to protect their allies. he'll head to beijing on saturday. leaders there have long defended their allies in pyongyang. kerry wants to convince them to use their leverage. on sunday, kerry will move on to tokyo. he'll meet with kishida. and he'll talk about a stronger d
Apr 15, 2013 6:00am PDT
counterparts in the region. he's consulted with leaders in tokyo, seoul and beijing. he wants the chinese to take care of problems in their own back yard. nhk world's kaho izumitani reports. >> reporter: the u.s. secretary of state has lent his diplomatic weight to a challenge that changes day by day. john kerry met with japanese prime minister shinzo abe on the last stop of his asian tour. they agreed to work together in this time of heightened tension. >> it was a very constructive conversation with the administration. and we have reaffirmed the strength of the partnership. >> translator: your message placing importance on the asia pacific region will encourage japan, and other asian nations. >> kerry repeated that message throughout his tour of asia. he reassured his counterpart in seoul that u.s. forces stand ready to defend their allies. kerry delivered another message in beijing, encouraging chinese leaders to use their leverage. >> the united states and china remain fully committed to the september 2005 joint statement of the six-party talks and to its core goal. and that core goal
Apr 14, 2013 5:00pm PDT
to carry a nuclear warhead. the possible launch has had asian on edge for weeks. here's a report from tokyo. reporter: in international marathon, tom nateed headlines in pyongyang today, on the streets, signs marking kim il-sung's 101 first birthday. in tokyo sunday, secretary of state john kerry urged pyongyang to opt for a peaceful resolution. >> we can find a way to resolve these differences at a negotiating table. i hope they will hear that. reporter: kerry's visit here is the last leg of an asia trip aimed at tempering tensions on the korean peninsula. in japan there is increasing unease. pyongyang has singled out japan as the first target in case of war, and with its mid-range missiles within striking range. tokyo has destroyerers and missile batteries in the capitol. >> those interceptors are pointed directly at north korea, and with pyongyang just 800 miles away, defense officials say they're ready to shoot down any missile that threatens japan. >> north korean missiles have thrown over japan before. >> i'm constantly worried about another launch. i don't know how accurate those mis
Apr 9, 2013 11:00pm PDT
by the japanese police in 2001 trying to go to tokyo disney world. the japanese police spent hours and hours with him. which means the cia and other intelligence services learned a lot about him. >> he's a gamblering, speaks to journalists too much for the family's liking. >> they can't kill him. but they can't let him run the country. he's not a reliable vehicle for the stalinist propaganda. >> then there's the mysterious middle brother. local media showed this photo, claiming it was him at an eric clapton concert ten years. >> they found somebody who was reportedly afeminity, timid. >> the young woman reported recently to be kim jong-un's wife, apparently a former singer. could she have any influence over him? >> is it possible she'll say, what about the north korean people? what about the starving people? maybe. that's certainly not the environment she grou up in. >> that helps experts figure out what kim jong-un's thinking now. >> what is he thinking now? >> the aim is to rattle us and frighten us, and also the chinese and south koreans. and distract us from implementing security council
Apr 8, 2013 7:00pm PDT
>>> hello there. welcome to "newsline". it's tuesday, april 9. i'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. >> former prime minister margaret thatcher made history as the iron lady. she led her country through strikes, terrorist attacks and a war. she died monday morning after suffering a stroke. nhk world has more from london. >> reporter: thatcher became britain's first female prime minister in 1979. she led the country for 11 years. she cut taxes and privatized state run corporations. she relaxed financial regulations and fought labor unions. current british prime minister david cameron praised her achievements. >> real thing about margaret thatcher is that she didn't just lead our country, she saved our country. and i believe she'll go down as the greatest british peacetime prime minister. >> reporter: thatcher was in power when argentina invaded the falkland islands in 1982. she responded by sending a military task force. they retook the islands after 74 days of fighting. she worked with u.s. president ronald reagan to help end the cold war. >> she never changed her mind. and that was
Apr 16, 2013 7:00pm PDT
of that would result in a positive start to tokyo. let's have a look at the levels. both indexes are in this positive. almost up 1% for the nikkei and the topics is up 1% as well. the nikkei ended lower yesterday, to remind viewers but did rebound quite a bit towards the close as we saw the yen reversing earlier gains on the dollar and continue over its weakening course and boosted stocks and we're seeing continuation helped by the u.s. market. we will watch closely for further indications. investors may be wary making further moves ahead of that g-20 meeting later this week as the yen's weakness has been a concern and we touched on that several times. >> we actually saw some volatility in some currency pairs but the yen is weaker now than this time on monday. >> exactly. a little bit of volatility. still on a weakening trend, currently 97.65-68. the dollar did fall to 95 yen levels after the bombing in boston and gold dropping 9% but it has come back. the u.s. data i mentioned and you covered also boosted the dollar. the euro yen, 128.72-77, that also bounced back as investors's
Apr 17, 2013 7:00pm PDT
to ramin at the tokyo stock exchange. seems like we're having a bald week with stocks up and down every day. >> it does seem that way. we had housing data on tuesday that rose and now we see the likes of bank of america and some of the major tech suppliers coming out with weak numbers and forecast this which pulled down the key indexes as well. let's look at how that is translating into the opening levels for today, thursday, april 18th here. both indexes in the negative. 13,247 down one 1% the nikkei. down 1,125 for the topix. the nikkei rebounded on wednesday. the focus today may shift to financial and tech related shares especially as shares of apple fell in relation to one of the suppliers on its outlook sighting in ipad shipments. we're going to being looking out for component suppliers here in japan that make a lot of parts that go into products such as tablets and smart phones of which apple makes many of those as well. we keep track of that sector as well. >> kicking off later today the g-20 over in washington, d.c. as we've been reporting a lot of focus will be on the recent weaken
Apr 19, 2013 7:00pm PDT
>>> hello and welcome to nhk "newsline." i'm ross mihara in tokyo. >>> heavily armed police are searching door to door for a suspect in boston's marathon bombings. tactical units have surrounded at least one house in watertown. the suburb has been the focus of an hour's long manhunt. a second suspect died there following a gunfight with police. police are hunting for 19-year-old dzhokhar tsarnaev. reports in u.s. media say the suspects are brothers originally from a russian region near chechnya. they say the dead suspect was 26 years old. reports say the brothers had been in the united states for several years. they also say the dead suspect had explosives on his body when he was captured. the manhunt kept people in the boston area on edge overnight and well into the next day. his father says he was a boxer and hoped to join the u.s. olympic team. and he said joe hdzhokhar was studying. ruslan sar any is their uncle. he urged dzhokhar to turn himself in and why he thought his nephews might have committed the bombing. >> what do you think provoked this? >> being losers, hatre
Apr 1, 2013 5:30pm PDT
thunderstorms, winds and risk of hail as well as tornados. and central japan, including tokyo will start to see more intense rain from tonight into tomorrow morning. that could cause some traffic delays. as for temperatures it's going to be chilly once again in tokyo. 11 degrees. that's four degrees colder than seasonal. meanwhile 10 degrees in seoul. and 26 bangkok. spring is the hottest season for you. very hot day in spring in bangkok again. 36 degrees on tuesday. finally, in north america, showers are easing across the northeastern part of the u.s. but very unstable acongress eastern canada. 25 sent meters of snow is likely in southern quebec. but, again, dry weather across the northeastern u.s. and strong northerly winds are creating some lake-effect snow. here are your highs. mild toward the south. meanwhile very chilly in oklahoma city, 8 decrees. across the eastern seaboard, a cool down. 11 in washington d.c. here's your extended forecast. >>> and that's all for this edition of "newsline." i'm kathryn kobayashi in tokyo. thanks for joining us.
Apr 17, 2013 5:30pm PDT
decades of political experience more than ever. satoru aoyama, nhk world, tokyo. >>> watch "nhk world" this weekend to see more of our interview with aung san suu kyi. we'll broadcast it saturday on "close-up." check out website for the times at >>> terrorists have staged a series of attacks targeting political parties in pakistan. candidates are campaigning ahead of general election for may. citizens are becoming increasingly concern due to slow progress and security conditions in the country. reporting from islamabad. >> reporter: the latest attack his an election rally on tuesday evening. the men brought explosives and detonated them in the evening at the northwestern city of peshawar. >> translator: we were nearby when the blast hit. we rushed over to find body parts lying on the ground and a driver trapped in a burning vehicle. many people were injured. political officials helped us attend to the dead and injured. >> reporter: the blast killed at least 17 people, including three children and a reporter who was covering the event. 78 people were injured. amo
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